She’s been one of the top Etsy sellers and if not the most popular planner sticker shop.. yes I’m talking about Planner Kate. A rainbow addict, her stickers are exactly the type of stickers I would make – really pretty rainbow color schemes, functional, no wasted space (she fits a lot on each sticker sheet) and plenty of styles to choose from (2,500+ last time I checked). So aesthetics wise they tick the boxes.. but are they actually worth the hype? Are the sticker cut cleanly, easy to peel off, bright white label paper, can I reposition and write on them with pens? And how does the cost compare to other stickers?
I am not affiliated with Planner Kate. I purchased the stickers myself and as always, all opinions are my own.
Planner Kate Stickers
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So let’s see what I chose!
- PK COLORS Washi Tape (15mm & 6mm set) – SKU: A-WASHI-PK
- ‘Do all the things’ (KF-8B)
- Star box stickers (I-577)
- Black square checkbox (S-1825)
- Numbers for dates square boxes (S-796 and S-797)
- ‘Check Budget’ (S-1572)
- ‘Digital clean out’ (EVT-101)
- ‘Clean house’ (S-573)
- Days of the week stickers (F-104B)
- Square boxes (S-138)
- The number of colors on the rainbow sticker sheets vary, the sheets I chose have between 17 and 24 colors
- Large sticker sheets are 5.5″ wide x 8.5″ high
- Smaller sticker sheets are 4.5″ wide x 7.5″ wide
- 5 small freebie sticker sheets with each order (random selection)
- Bright white label paper, no yellowish tinge
- Easily peel and stick
- Easy to write on
- Matte label paper (work with gel and ballpoint pens)
- Some indenting on the back side of the sticker sheets but none cut through the page so there’ll be no stray stickers in your binder, box, or however you’re choosing to store them
What does the label paper feel like?
Very smooth bright white label paper. The stickers easily peel and stick. When I changed my mind about using the black and white checklist stickers (I wanted the rainbow instead), I was able to peel and restick the checkboxes to another place on the spread. The stickers were still there at the end of the week.
For text stickers and the checkboxes there is enough white space around the stickers… but at the same time not too much white space. She’s got the balance just right!
How easy do the stickers peel off?
So easily. No rough edges, the stickers peel off quickly and cleanly.
Range of options
At the time of writing this post she has 2,500 listings in her Etsy shop so you’re sure to find at least a few sticker sheets that appeal to you:
- Task word stickers e.g. clean house
- Themed sticker kits for the Erin Condren Planner
- Numbers for re-dating an expired or undated planner (or change the style of the dated planner you’re using)
- Transparent background for annual dates at a glance calendars
- Days of the week
- Months of the year
- Various shapes and sizes e.g. squares, circles
- Appointment labels
- Sticker albums and binders
Number of stickers on the sheets
It varies depending on what sticker you choose, but I counted how many were on these sticker sheets to give you an idea:
- Clean house stickers = 96 stickers on the sheet. I don’t know how often you clean your house, but based on a weekly clean (and a few weeks away from home each year on holidays), that one sheet would last me 2 years
- Rainbow checkboxes = 17 colors x 27 of each = 408 stickers
- Days of the week = 7 days of the week x 24 stickers for each day = 168 stickers
So basically there’s a lot of stickers on these sheets.
Most of the rainbow sticker sheets have between 17 and 24 different color variations. The number of colors depends on what sticker sheets you choose.
There are the Planner Kate’s rainbow colors and stickers in the Erin Condren colors.
There are also neutral black stickers.
The stickers come in a range of sizes. You can use the stickers in any planner or bullet journal. Most of the checkboxes cater to a 5mm dot grid.
- Large sticker sheets are 5.5″ wide x 8.5″ high
- Smaller sticker sheets are 4.5″ wide x7.5″ wide
I waited until the 40% off sale for Cyber Monday. I couldn’t justify the cost otherwise. A lot of the stickers I wanted were sold out by then but I did still manage to find a few. Here’s the breakdown:
- 13 sheets of stickers + 2 rolls of washi tape = $71.63 USD
- Plus shipping to Australia (i.e. internationally) = $13.95 USD
- 40% Discount for Cyber Monday = $28.65 USD
- Total cost = $56.90 USD or approx. $81 AUD
- Cost per sticker sheet / washi tape = $3.79 USD each / $5.40 AUD each
With the 40% off sale I think the price is reasonable for the amount of stickers. I wouldn’t pay full price though and depending on how many stickers you like to use in your spreads, it could get really expensive (that is why I make my own stickers).
How does the cost compare to mass market sticker books?
So how does cost compare to say, the Happy Planner sticker books? I usually only like or use about half of the sticker sheets in one of the Happy Planner sticker books (too many decorative / floral / sticker sizes that I wouldn’t use).
I counted how many sticker sheets there were in one of my Happy Planner sticker books. Let’s say on average there’s 30 sticker sheets in a one Happy Planner sticker book.
$35 AUD / 30 sticker sheets = $1.15 per sheet.
But I’ll only use 15 of those so the cost per sheet is $2.33.. so half the price of Planner Kate BUT this doesn’t take into account shipping so let’s add $0.50 to the cost per sticker sheet. So let’s say $2.83 per sheet.
Half the price! But the Happy Planner sticker books don’t fit as many stickers on the Planner Kate sticker sheets.
At the time of writing this post, Planner Kate doesn’t offer foil stickers but the Happy Planner does.
So basically it’s all personal preference.
I still buy the Happy Planner Sticker books, but I’m very selective with which ones I have (I actually only own 5 of the probably 200+ Happy Planner sticker books). At least by buying Planner Kate (or any other sticker shop) you would be buying exactly the stickers that you need. Probably why people end up buying both!
The freebies that came with my order
The translucent stickers work well for flagging important dates on an annual overview calendar
International shipping to Australia (non capital city) was $13.95 USD. The cost didn’t move much when I kept adding items to cart.
The stickers arrived bubble wrapped and then in tissue paper in a giant box. The box seems excessive and if I didn’t have the washi tape it probably could’ve been shipped in a hard envelope. I assume it’s flat rate shipping though, so I don’t know if the shipping price is actually affected by what you order.
I ordered November 29th and it took about 6 weeks to arrive (came mid-January).
Planner Kate washi tape
The washi tape peels off the roll smoothly with no fraying or tearing on the edges. However, the rainbow colors on the washi tape are much more dull than the bright rainbow colors on the sticker sheet.
The washi tape has more colors than the sticker sheets with more washed out colors dispersed between the ones used on the sticker sheets.
I won’t be buying the Planner Kate washi again as the whole reason I bought them was because I was expecting the washi to be an almost exact much for the colors on the sticker sheet.
I tested the PaperMate inkjoy ballpoint, Frixion erasable and Uniball Signo gel pens on the stickers. All worked fine. The erasable pen didn’t erase though, the ink just smeared a bit.
So are Planner Kate stickers worth the hype?
Yes. I can see why she is one of Etsy’s top sellers. The quality of the stickers are really good (colors, white label paper, easy to peel off the sheets) and great variety. The sticker sheets are a good size and value for money with how many stickers are on each sheet.
Would I order from her again though? No. If you don’t want to make your own stickers then it’s probably worth the cost but it adds up quickly and I’d rather make my own. I also have my own rainbow color scheme that I’ve used for everything for years so will be sticking to that. Plus, making the planner stickers is half the fun and I can make and use them straight away, I don’t need to wait weeks for them to arrive in the mail.
I wouldn’t buy the washi tape again as the colors don’t accurately match the stickers and I have plenty of solid color washi tape from other brands that would coordinate.
Shipping was expensive and took a long time to get here, but I did order during the busiest sale of the year and there is a warning about slow international shipping so I can’t really fault her for that.
Tips for using planner stickers
- How to Choose a Printer (Including the best printer for printing printables and planner stickers)
- How to organize planner stickers using folders (plus free printable labels)
- How to design planner stickers from start to finish (a sneak peak at my design process!)
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